Thursday, 26 March 2015

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Mostly dry, mild weather promoted fieldwork and winter crop development.

A large area of high pressure provided sunny skies along with above-normal temperatures (3-7°C above normal) from Belarus and Ukraine into central and northern Russia.

The sunny, warm weather melted the remaining snow cover in all but the coldest eastern locales (picture, right, was taken by me on Sunday just south of Moscow thus illustrating the need for reliable information), reduced winter crop cold hardiness, and accelerated small grain planting.

Farther south, light to moderate rain (1-15 mm) in southern-most portions of Ukraine and Russia kept top soils moist for vegetative winter wheat, though cloudy skies slowed the unseasonably early crop development somewhat.